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Cape Flattery Trail

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Cape Flattery Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sekiu, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 219 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Known for its sunsets, Cape Flattery is a nature sanctuary on the northwestern-most point in the continental United States where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific where sea meets dramatic headlands, sea stacks, and deep narrow coves. View seabirds, whales and sea lions too. Preserved by the Makah Indian Nation, the well-maintained trail leads through wet areas, along coastal cliffs and across boardwalks. Start through a mist-drenched forest of Sitka spruce. Utilizing boardwalks and steps, drop to a series of promontories that provide great vistas of rugged Cape Flattery. At 0.75 mile is the viewing platform where you can see the Cape Flattery lighthouse on Tatoosh Island. Birds include Puffins and guillemots. Murres nest in the fortress-like cliffs. Oyster-catchers search tidal pools. Sea otters can be seen in the protected coves. Whales can often be spotted farther out. The area is often draped in fog and receives over 100 inches of annual rainfall. Directly offshore, Tatoosh Island was named for a Makah chief, once serving as a summer fishing camp for the Makahs. The U.S. Coast Guard first constructed a lighthouse on the island in 1857, and the current structure is automated. Now only sea lions, seals, and seabirds live on Tatoosh.

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rocky
7 days ago

This was a very easy hike well maintained most of it is rocky and you have sections that are a raised boardwalk.

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hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Beautiful trail with a beautiful payoff at the end. Few nice side trails to viewpoints of the cliffs below. Very remote but worth the long drive to see what the NW most corner of the continental US looks like! Be prepared for mud.

hiking
1 month ago

A great experience to say you've been to the Northwestern tip of the United States, let alone Washington State! Furthermore, the views are fantastic at the end of the trail: turbulent tides hitting the rocky shore-cliffs, looking out at Tatoosh Island, Canadian mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean. We also got to see a couple of bald eagles!

hiking
1 month ago

A worthy destination! Just keep in mind that if you are going to time sunset, there is a 25-minute hike to get to the observation point. I got there just in time and got to see a whale and a seal. Even without that, the view is amazing and the sunset is worthy. Make sure you have a flashlight or headlamp or charged iPhone with flashlight to get out after sunset

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk and a beautiful view if you’re in the area!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful little trail.

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muddy
1 month ago

Hiked last month with my wife. Light rain part of the way and trail muddy in spots but nice hike through the trees. At Point we saw a bunch of seals and 2 gray whales. No puffins - bummer. Cliffs and alcoves on shore and sea stacks are awesome. Very cool to look up and down coast and out at Pacific Ocean.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful hike. **The general store is the place to get the permit and it is in the town a little ways on the left.** Hiked with young kids which can be nail bitting with them wanting the views of the water, going toward the edge of the cliffs, but there are platforms with guard rails which made things a lot easier for that. The trail is very well laid out and other little trails to see different parts but the signs all over say to stay on main trail. We made it there very late in the day to see the sunset and got the added bonus of seeing whales off the opposite point from us. Well worth the drive.

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muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful views at the end! Try to get there on a sunny day if you can! I hiked this trail with my two dogs right after a day of rain so the trail was fairly muddy and slick in some spots.

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muddy
1 month ago

Easy trail with great views. Be aware that you are required to purchase a recreation permit (we learned by accident as we refueled our vehicle) for $10. The permit allows you to park at the trailhead. PROCEED WITH CAUTION AT THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT. The speed limits change frequently and seem ARTIFICIALLY low. Law enforcement is present and they will cite you.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Trail. Well laid paths. Awesome views

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Windy but beautiful hike.

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muddy
2 months ago

No doubt, hands down, worth the drive an short hike. The trail is only about a half mile from the parking. The first quarter mile is well maintained gravel WIDE walkway. The last quarter mile is via a narrow board walk thru the forest where there is a lot of water and marsh. The board walk is in need of repair in some spots but not dangerous. But once to the point, the views are SPECTACULAR. Take the time and visit the NW corner of the continental USA.

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

I agree that it is more of a moderate trail than an easy trail. We hiked it on a rainy day and found it muddy, differing path conditions (wood plank, rocky, dirt, mud). Easy down the trail but moderate back to the parking lot. Beautiful! Spectacular views!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty simple hike to a beautiful view! Didn’t see any wildlife besides a bunch of birds, but still worth it! Slight downhill all the way there and slight uphill all the way back. As spry youngins in our 20s it only took about 12 mins to get there and 15 to get back.

hiking
2 months ago

We took six children and they went the whole way. Great views. Get a parking pass $10.

hiking
2 months ago

I would call this more of a moderate hike rather than easy. Fabulous!!! Even in the pouring rain!

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muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Easy trail. But slippery and muddy. There are narrow boardwalks in places and stairs. Boardwalks are just wide enough for one person so passing is tricky. Viewing platforms lean out for the best views at the point. Sea caves riddle the cliffs and this piece of land will collapse sometime in the future.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with amazing rock formations at the end and many viewing spots! There was a beautiful, very large mushroom on a tree by the trail that a couple pointed out to us on the way in that I photographed. Unfortunately it was gone on the way the way out! Someone must have taken it, which was very disappointing!

hiking
3 months ago

Great small hike with wonderful views at the end! When we did this trail it was rainy, but even cloudy and rainy it was wonderful. Heading in is downhill, and back is uphill. Not too hard. You get to walk through a beautiful forest before coming out at the coast line. Trail is kept wonderfully. We did see a sea otter, and sea lion while enjoying the view as well. Highly recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

We last did this trail in 2001. At that time there was a dirt road from town all the way to the parking lot and the trail was wet and muddy. Now, the road is nicely paved and the trail to the point is built up out of the muck with lots of boardwalks. We were disappointed to not see seals or birds like last time, but I think that’s the difference between June and August with migratory patterns. Still just a gorgeous place with beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little trail. It was about a mile out and a mile back, so plan on just over total 2 miles. The views are stunning.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is well marked and an easy walk. Perfect for dogs and children. Many look out places. There are many signs to lead you to the trailhead and the parking lot is easy to find. !!!MAKE SURE TO GET A PARKING PERMIT!!! You can find the permit in town before you get to the trailhead—it’s only $10 and can be found in many of the stores. We got ours at the Washburn’s General Store but other locations include: Makah Marina, Makah Mini Mart, Makah Tribal Center, and Hobuck Beach Resort.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy n pleasant trail. Absolutely beautiful scenery and view at the very tip end. The chance to see a whale swimming right below was the treat that topped it all!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, super easy. We hiked in with a pizza for sunset lol. Also donated money to keep a walking stick that the local natives made. So cute.

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